Did Led Zepplin Rip Off Stairway?


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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45685401

Led Zeppelin face a new trial over claims the band stole a guitar riff for their 1971 song, Stairway to Heaven.

A California appeals court overruled a 2016 case that said the band did not steal the opening of their hit from Taurus by the band Spirit.

The court cited a series of errors by the previous case's judge.

Led Zeppelin band members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, however, say the song is their masterpiece, which they wrote in a Welsh cottage.

Michael Skidmore, trustee for the songs of Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, originally filed the suit in 2015.
Judge for yourselves...


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Noop.

Similar yes, but the progression is not new its been around for decades before either song was written.

Inspired by, possibly.

There is more similarity in the Bass line, but again its a common key progression.
 

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Sounds similar . .
Could be a rip off . .

What about this?


Not a well known tune for non tullies so here it is . .

 

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Sounds similar . .
Could be a rip off . .

What about this?


Not a well known tune for non tullies so here it is . .

Same chord progression but the rhythm's totally different.

The Spirit/Zeppelin thing though sounds almost identical.

Gary ;)
 

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It's amazing that only 7 Major keys A - G can produce millions and millions of diffetent sounding tunes. Just 7 notes!
It is enivitable that there be some overlaps along the way. Some are accidental sound alikes.
Some maybe blatant copycats. Money spinners for lawyers.
Ed Sherrin had been found guilty of plagiarism just recently. Been fined millions but he is not bothered by it.
Life goes on.
Ray
 

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I still remember back in the 80's when samplers first came around. You couldn't turn on the news without hearing about one band suing another.

Fortunately they redefined the principles of fair use and determined at what point an artist gets paid these days.

Gary ;)
 

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